Friday, May 18, 2012
for the birds

Some years ago, I had a flowering Agave that attracted more Hummingbirds in one day than I had ever seen in my whole life.....I was able to get a lot of pictures of this amazing-to-me "happening"....Being Spring, I thought it appropriate to share some of them with you here on my blog...... I also took some Videos, but Blogger won't let me upload any of them....Grrrrrrr.....So, the photographs will have to suffice......Below....A darling little Hummer, 'at rest'...Something else I have seen more of then one would think...... There was a Hummingbird that landed on the edge of a plant to take his rest, and I was lucky enough to get a few pictures of him, too......He sat on the edge of this Aloe spike for quite a while....And luckily, didn't seem to mind me taking pictures of him.....Maybe he was meditating and lost in his thoughts....Below....another Hummingbird on an Agave plant.....He was at rest, too......He had moved slightly, and so had I, and when I got this picture he was looking at something to his right...But...still he looked like he was meditating......Whatever the reason he wasn't scared of me and that he allowed me to photograph him, I was deeply grateful. To be this close to a Hummingbird and have him accept me......well, it was very moving to me. And below, here is another Hummer, at rest.......I wasn't as close to him, but, I love that I was able to catch him in repose---sitting right at the edge of another Agave, close to the Flowering Agave Plant....... He was quite a young one---not a complete Baby, but maybe a Teenager.....So adorable....These darlings are my very favorite birds....Something about them touches my heart and my soul, too......And below, one more darling Hummingbird, at rest.....This was way down below, near the fence that separates my property from my neighbors....The Bougainvillea were in beautiful bloom, and here was this sweet little Hummer, checking out the city after he had supped on the nectar......Amazing little creatures........


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23 Comments:
Blogger Pat
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Just had to pop in before leaving - so glad I did. You must have magic powers to catch humming birds at rest. Teh only time I have seen them they were like greased lightening - not still for a second.
Take care.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:30:00 AM PDT 

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My, you really got some wonderful shots of those darling hummers. We don't have them with that coloring here. I can never seem to catch them at rest. "Quick" is their first name.
They are my favorite bird to watch and they keep my cats amused through the window also.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 3:10:00 AM PDT 

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Wow! Love all these photos of the
hummingbirds. You have honey on you, Naomi, because they wasn't scared of you and they allowed you to photograph them. You took great photos!
Love also the photo of the bougainvillea and the lovely little hummer.

I hope you have a pleasant day and a good weekend too.
Big hugs.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:06:00 AM PDT 

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Love the hummingbirds. I wish we had more of them, but when my plum tree went, so did the birds.

Cheers.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:38:00 AM PDT 

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oh I do miss the hummers in CA ! They were all over in the valley. I saw them at a fountain where I worked and in my yard...I just love the little fellows!! Great photo's Naomi!!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 6:41:00 AM PDT 

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What great close up shots you managed to get! I love the last one sitting on a twig! :D

I love seeing the hummingbirds in AZ, we don't get them here in the UK, so they seem extra special to me.

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:22:00 PM PDT 

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Hiya Naomi, they are gorgeous and what great shots there :D

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:53:00 AM PDT 

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I love your bird shots. Try as I may, I never could get a good hummingbird shot.

Our re-entry from Europe has been hard. As you did recently, I had to say goodbye to Gypsy this past week. My heart is broken.

Tell me it gets easier. Please.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:56:00 AM PDT 

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Love the pics. There is a movie out called THE BIG YEAR..its about 3 guys who take a year out of there life to follow birds and try to collect the most sightings of different birds recommend...there is great footage of beautiful birds....zman sends

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:23:00 AM PDT 

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greetings dear lady - so sorry to be remiss in making my blog visits still but it is not from lack of thought - in any event, what incredible little creatures these are, for sure! magnificent little things! thanks so much for sharing - it is far to rarely that we are able to see even one of them, let alone more and more of different colors etc - hope all is well with you!! hugs - gypsy

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:59:00 AM PDT 

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Beautiful birds and such wonderful photos! I wish we had hummingbirds in our garden :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:41:00 PM PDT 

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these are wonderful!
I love hummers and good shots of them are gold
these are great shots

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4:08:00 PM PDT 

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So cute!

I see your "new Blogger" grouching and I feel your pain. I tried to update a blog I was going to keep just about the Bean and it was such a pain to fool with that I gave up!

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 7:02:00 PM PDT 

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You are inspiring me to get my humming bird feeder out of the box and set it up, just in case there are any hungry humming birds around. I used to see them in the garden of my previous house but have not seen any here. When I first saw one, I thought it was a very large bee.... I couldn't believe a bird could be so small and dash about with such alacrity!

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:18:00 AM PDT 

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Marvelous hummingbird photos. I never cease to be fascinated by them. I have a confused Christmas cactus with two red blooms inside next to my living room window. Since the exterior bird of paradise has finished blooming the hummingbirds are now flying to my window which I've decided to deliberately delay cleaning. I don't want these delicate birds crashing against an invisible window. How do you like that for an excuse to avoid window cleaning!

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:23:00 PM PDT 

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Fantastic photos, Naomi!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:30:00 PM PDT 

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I just read your series on Greystone. What a beautiful mansion and grounds. It would have looked well also on Long Island. After researching all the artwork your father donated to the US I also believe that Greystone would not have been right for his collection. I need to place going back to Washington DC on my list of trips so I can take a look at his museum.
I am going to place the Duvall’s films you recommend on my list – they look quite interesting. I like him as an actor, but not his politics. He is very conservative and was a supporter of Sarah Palin.
You are a talented photograph to be able to take such splendid photos of hummingbirds. They move so quickly and even at rest, they are little creatures hard to be able to focuse on a camera (I know I have tried…) Great photos.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:41:00 AM PDT 

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I love hummingbirds too! They are so amazing and there are so many different colors. We usually only have 2 or 3 here during the summer. I hope you are doing well dear Naomi!! I think of you often!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 8:40:00 PM PDT 

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I think it's almost the time of year for hummingbirds to come back again, isn't it?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 8:51:00 PM PDT 

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What beautiful pictures you were able to get! Last night, I was walking along the river in the town I live in and I saw something on top of my side view mirror when I got back to my car. Lo and behold, it was a teenage mourning dove! He (or she) must've just started flying and got a bit tired, so sat there to rest. I was able to get a couple good shots (with my iPhone lol) before he flew off...with his parents joining him. It made me smile :-)

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:32:00 AM PDT 

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Oh how sweet are those pictures and the last one so artistic. You know I have never seen a Hummingbird until this very moment..thank you.

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 6:36:00 AM PDT 

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Beautiful shots. Makes me want to birdwatch. Yesterday I took pictures of snails in my mother's rhododendrons.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:23:00 AM PDT 

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Isn't it nice to have hummingbirds for friends? They give so much- and never complain. Ever):-

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:59:00 PM PDT 

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